Fourth-quarter rally falls short; Malvern suffers first loss of the season

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The best thing under $10 you could’ve done in Carroll County Tuesday evening was buying a ticket to the Malvern vs. Maysville boys basketball game.

Both squads entered the game with unbeaten records at 9-0 – one team hoping to spoil the other’s hopes for a perfect season.

Malvern opened the game on a 7-0 run before the Panthers put together a 7-0 run of their own. u

J’Allen Barrino was unstoppable in the first quarter of action for Malvern, scoring all nine of the Hornets’ points in the quarter.

Ultimately, the Panthers would hand Malvern a 58-50 loss.

The second quarter was back-and-forth, but Maysville began to pull away before halftime as they put together an 8-0 run.

Before the half, Malvern sophomore Drake Hutchison, Mitch Minor, Rodney White and J’Allen Barrino scored points for the Hornets.

The Panthers took a 26-22 lead into halftime.

Maysville extended their lead with a 6-2 run to open the third quarter.

Minor hushed the rambunctious Maysville crowd momentarily by converting an and-one to cut the Hornets deficit to 37-27.

The Panthers were lethal from beyond the arc Tuesday night as they took a 45-35 lead into the final frame of action.

The Barrinos and Phillips began to make their presence known with two J’Allen buckets and a Ja’son foul shot to inch the game to 47-41.

Maysville pushed the lead to 50-41 when they hit another three-pointer; they finished with 10 threes.

Minor stole the ball and dished it out to Phillips for a bucket and Malvern trailed 50-43 with 3:30 left in regulation but the Panthers drilled another triple to retain a 10-point lead at 53-43.

The Hornets then put together a 7-0 run ignited by a Smith score. Minor sank a pair of free throws with 2:30 left.

Ja’son Barrino found himself at the free throw line and made one of the two. Malvern trailed 53-48.

A Hutchison steal led to another Malvern bucket, but the Hornets were unable to take control of the contest in the final minute as the Panthers won 58-50.

Malvern’s leading scorer was J’Allen Barrino with 23 points. Minor finished with nine points, Hutchison put up seven, Phillips had five, Smith scored four and Ja’son had two.

With the loss, Malvern’s record is now 9-1 on the season and Maysville improves to 10-0.